5 of the greatest songs produced by Nile Rodgers

To celebrate the 62nd birthday of the disco genius that is Nile Rodgers today, Nick Mitchell selects five of his finest musical productions that changed the face of pop [Nile Rodgers has enjoyed a late career renaissance – picture: David P Scott] Anyone who’s had the pleasure of seeing Chic’s seemingly endless festival tour in the …

Music Opinion September 19, 2014

Why fans should never get to choose a band’s setlist

No-one wants to hear all the new songs all night, but if fans got to choose a band’s setlist, gigs would be insufferable, argues Nick Mitchell [Thom Yorke should not be guilt-tripped into performing ‘Creep’] It’s a common theme in live music reviews that a concert is judged by how closely it resembles a ‘greatest hits’ …

Music Opinion June 12, 2014

Why talking loudly at gigs should be banned

In the second in our series on the rules of gig etiquette, we turn the target of our fury from tall people to those who insist on talking during a live show. Nick Mitchell has had enough. I’ve lost count of the number of times it’s happened. I’ve found my optimum spot in the venue …

Gigs Music Opinion January 29, 2014

Are cover versions really the graveyard of musical ambition?

George Michael is just the latest star to turn to the cover version as a way of rejuvenating his career. But is this a mercenary plundering of the past for commercial gain, or is there artistic merit in offering a new spin on the time-honoured standard, asks Nick Mitchell [George Michael is releasing an album …

Music Opinion January 21, 2014
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